28 YO 8-year veteran. Played Center with Karpat of SM-Liiga for 6 years, Timra IK the last 2. Played with Johan Backlund, Joni Pitkanen, Lasse Kukkonen, Par Styf and Jussi Timonen in the past. Matti Kautto must really like him and whoever our scout is in Sweden must agree. Whatever it may be, they're familiar with him as he's been around players with Flyers connections.
Finnish Mika Pyorala (R) attacks US goalie Robert Esche during their quarterfinal at the 2009 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships on May 6, 2009 in Bern.
Finland's Mika Pyorala (R) vies for the puck with US goalie Robert Esche with his teammate Ryan Suter (Bottom-L) and US Dustin Brown (Top-L) during their quarter-final at the 2009 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships on May 6, 2009 in Bern.
Finland's Mika Pyorala (L) fights for the puck with Sweden's Daniel Fernholm during their icehockey Euro Hockey Tour match in Helsinki November 11, 2007.
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MOSCOW, RUSSIA - MAY 10: USA's John Grahame (C) and Andrew Alberts (R) fights for the puck with Finland's Mika Pyorala during the IIHF World Ice Hockey Championship quarter final match between USA and Finland at the Chodynka Arena on May 10, 2007 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Dima Korotayev/Bongarts/Getty Images)
I very much doubt this signing is for the Phantoms.
I don't think neither Pyörälä nor the Flyers would do that.
A 28 year old SEL star who's a regular on the Finnish national team has no ambition at all playing in the AHL. He's signed to make the team out of camp.
I posted on the Trade rumors board that he reminds me of Jere Lehtinen a bit, but I might be off since I didn't see too many Timrå games last season.